Sorry about the pun there, it's been a long summer. Ahem. So ahead of this year's upcoming Ashes test series, a new Ashes Cricket has been announced as having been in the works, though now it's called Cricket 19 - The Official Game of the Ashes
which is a bit of a mouthful, but as Cricket.com.au
has revealed, the game will feature both the men and woman's competition surrounding the Ashes.
Coming again from Big Ant Studios, Cricket 19 - The Official Game of the Ashes, is also supported by both Cricket Australia and England & Wales Cricket Board, which should give purists some faith that the final product will be as nuanced as needed. It will be delivered on all major systems: PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, though there's no current word on a PC release, according to the reveal information.
"Big Ant Studios did a superb job in creating an authentic and realistic cricket simulation with ‘Ashes Cricket', and we're thrilled to be working with them again to bring ‘Cricket 19' to Australian fans," Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager for Fan Engagement Anthony Everard said.
"With a remarkable level of authenticity and all-new features that we know fans will love, we're sure Cricket 19 will provide the definitive cricket gaming experience as Australia's elite teams take on the old enemy in the UK."
Big Ant Studios has revealed that the game will feature a Scenario Mode which allows you to play through historic moments in classic matches of the past, with the ability to then share them online and have others challenge the outcome.
"We have the most active and passionate community. Many of our players logged thousands of hours with our previous cricket titles, and Cricket 19 is very much built on the experience of those players," said Big Ant Studios CEO Ross Symons.
"Whether you're looking to enjoy a 20-year cricket career that takes you from the club level to captaining the national team, re-create an ODI or IT20 series or take part in the Ashes, or just bash some balls around with friends, Cricket 19 has you covered."
The game is due to release later this year ahead of the Ashes.